Kaspar: Peter Handke: is his first full-length play, Kaspar (), which depicts the foundling Kaspar Hauser as a near-speechless innocent destroyed by. ‘Kaspar is based on the historical case of a year-old boy who appeared from nowhere in Nuremberg in and who had to be taught to speak from. Handke’s Kaspar, Wittgenstein’s Tractates, and the successful representation of alienation. James R. Hamilton. The prologue to Peter Handke’s play Kaspar.

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KasparPeter Handke’s first full-length drama–hailed bandke Europe as “the play of the decade” and compared in importance to Waiting for Godot –is the story of an autistic adolescent who finds himself at a complete existential loss on the stage, with but a single sentence to call his own.

I haven’t watched it all, but it seems to conform to the general idea of Handke’s piece.

We currently support the following browsers: Charles rated it really liked it Nov 06, You can unsubscribe from newsletters at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in any newsletter. Kaspar and Other Plays by Peter Handke. His body of work has been awarded numerous literary prizes. Hillary Marek rated it really liked it Nov 21, Thanks for telling us about the problem. Handke’s play is a downright attack on the way language is used by a corrupt society to depersonalise the individual’.

Lots of dancing about architecture. Having chosen language as a vehicle, Peter Handke explores it as a means of oppression – a means of creating artificial uniformity by teaching bandke to kaspad the world only in terms of the speech patterns they are habdke.

One of my all-time favorites. Kaspar is the most extraordinary and impressive play to date by Peter Handke.

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Kaspar and Other Plays

View all 22 comments. The play reminds of both Beckett and Caryl Churchill, but without the former’s emotional power and the latter’s playfulness. Drilled by prompters who use terrifyingly funny logical and alogical language-sequences, Kaspar learns to speak “normally” and eventually becomes creative–“doing his own thing” with words; for this he is destroyed.

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Bill Yarrow rated it it was amazing Jun 07, Ernest Gilbert rated it it was amazing Apr 05, However that same absurdity and repetition just as often became an obscure soup of words and ridiculous antics that clarified nothing but a headache.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. A fascinating and infuriating destruction, rebuilding and dismantling of a character through language. None of that has much to do with this earlier work, I suppose, done in the mid 60s–but it seems that the controversy has handdke completely obscured his literary work.

It is also a play that suggests handdke are bound to negate themselves under the pressure of the societies that they live in. Michael rated it it was amazing Sep 27, Want to Read saving…. Kaspar by Peter Handke. The central character is Kaspar, a figure based on the historical Kaspar Hauser, an autistic adolescent, who is guided and taught until he speaks ‘normally’, by the voices of unseen hahdke. I don’t know a lot about theater–My suspicion is that this kind of experimental theater had its day and dramatists are on to other subjects now.

Ali rated it it was ok Mar 28, Refresh and try again. Dec 08, Hulyacln rated it really liked it. Drilled by prompters who use terrifyingly funny logical and alogical language-sequences KasparPeter Handke’s first full-length drama – hailed in Europe as “the play of the decade” and compared in importance to Waiting for Godot is the story of an autistic adolescent who finds himself at a complete existential loss on the stage, with but a single sentence to call his own.

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Elaine Foster rated it it was amazing Aug 13, They are plays in the sense that they are performed in a theatrical setting, but Handke is intent on obliterating all dramatic conventions as a kind of meta-commentary to go along with the text of the play itself.

Kaspar (Modern Plays) Peter Handke: Methuen Drama

The white space of this new pop-up venue works very well to create a feeling of a clinic where the bewildered Kaspar, whose legs initially fold beneath him like a foal, is a suitable subject for experimentation. Jul 01, Matthieu rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Tati90 rated it liked it Jul 31, To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Feb 16, Andrew rated it it was amazing. Handke himself wrote in the prologue to the play: Apr 07, Lori rated it it was amazing. Loading comments… Trouble loading? Some cool ideas, lots of poor execution.

Kaspar – review

Dan rated it liked it Jul 04, In KasparHandke writes: Absurdist, said to be based on a true story. Will read his other stuff eventually. There were times during these two hours when I wanted to beg for mercy before I died from being talked to death.

Dominika rated it it was amazing Oct 06, To ask other readers questions about Kasparhandkf sign up. Matthew Taylor rated kaaspar it was amazing Apr 22, Oliver rated it liked it Sep 15, One critique summarised the theme of Kaspar thus: Christine Delosh rated it liked it Jan 08,